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30 May 2013, 12:24
A body found in a shallow grave on moorland in West Yorkshire has been confirmed as that of missing Chester-le-Street woman Pamela Jackson.
She was last seen at her home in The Crescent, Chester-le-Street on Saturday 2nd March and was officially reported missing the following Thursday, 7th March.
Officers from Durham Constabulary and West Yorkshire Police had been carrying out extensive searches across a number of locations since then, with additional help from specialist marine units, mountain rescue volunteers and police helicopters.
They were in the Turvin Road area, close to Ripponden in West Yorkshire when they located the grave last weekend, about 60m from the roadside.
The woman whose body was discovered in the grave has now been formally identified as Pamela Jackson, who was 55.
She was the mother of three adult sons, Andrew, Christopher and Joe and a grandmother of four.
A post mortem conducted by Home Office pathologist Dr Mark Egan concluded Ms Jackson died from head injuries.
Pamela's family have also released the following statement
"Although the weekend's developments came as a shock, our main feeling now is of enormous relief that Pamela has been found.
The last few months have been a nightmare, all we have been able to do is sit and wait for news.
Now we feel able to grieve properly and can think about bringing her home so we can give her a proper send off.
We also want to thank all those involved in the search, who have worked tirelessly in some very difficult conditions."
A 50-year-old man from Halifax, Adrian Muir, has been charged with her murder and is currently awaiting trial.